I checked out the book "Knitting with Balls" and it's better than I expected, although perhaps a little too heavy on the accessories. (What happens when a knitted wallet gets wet? Or a knitted laptop cover?) Still, it is clearly written and there is a sweater pattern or two that I think are quite good. More power to the author. He beat me to the punch. Now mind you, I didn't buy it... but it does seem to be selling well. Portland is very hot in the knitting department right now. Powell's book store has an entire aisle of books on knitting and patterns. Who'd have thunk it?